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Introducing three new indices, the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report documents wide inequalities within and among countries, deep disparities between women and men on a wide range of development indicators, and the prevalence of extreme multidimensional poverty in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

A declaration signed by nearly 200 civil societey organizations, networks and trade unions around the world demand world leaders of the G20 gathering in Seoul, Korea to listen to their citizens instead of to the bankers and urge them to make concrete progress towards the introduction of an internationally coordinated financial transactions tax (FTT).

Two of Social Watch's focal points in Africa: SODNET, from Kenya and Sahringon from Tanzania have come together to share techology tools to monitor elections in Tanzania that took place 31st October 2010. SODNET's experience in monitoring the kenyan referendum on August 4, 2010 with notable results was key to develop the software platform named UCHAGUZI TZ.

The Social Watch International Secretariat together with the Centre for Research on Labour and Agrarian Development (CEDLA) in Bolivia co-organized the Social Watch regional workshop for Latin America that took place from 20 to 22 October 2010 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Author: 
Mariana Mas - Social Watch Networking Team

The FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) recently released the annual report “The State of Food Insecurity in the World”. The new estimate of the number of people who will suffer chronic hunger this year is 925 million — 98 million down from 1.023 billion in 2009. However, the fact that a child dies every six seconds because of undernourishment related problems is still unacceptable by any standard.

Author: 
Roberto Bissio

"You have to imagine the IMF as a doctor”, said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel. "The money is the medicine. But the countries - the patients - have to change their habits if they want to recover. It doesn't work any other way." http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,721158,00.html

Author: 
Jens Martens

The current crises reflect a model blind to environmental and human rights issues and confusing economic growth with progress in society.  A coherent analysis of the common causes of the multiple crises and their interdependencies is needed now. This presupposes overcoming the current fragmentation in the development discourse of politics, science and civil society.

The crisis isn’t over – not without global partnerships on unemployment and environmental sustainability
Jens Martens[1]

Social Watch, along with more than 100 social organizations throughout the world, is calling to mobilize against the false solutions to the global crisis that have been put forward by the Group of 20 developed countries (G20). Organizations in all five continents claim that the proposed financial reforms will only serve to maintain the financial architecture that brought about the crisis, and that the G20 are not proposing far-reaching measures to tackle the very serious situation the planet is facing.

Since it was set-up in 1997, Social Watch Philippines (SWP) has annually put forward a strategy of advocacy, awareness-building, monitoring, organizational development and networking. Based in Quezon City, one of the major cities in Metro Manila, the network that started with twenty seven civil society organizations and individuals has now grown to embrace more than a hundred citizens’ group, networks  and individuals. 

Source: ESCR-net
http://www.escr-net.org

NGO alternative or shadow reporting within the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) can be strategically utilized to increase awareness on the rights and obligations contained in the treaties and promote integration of all women’s human rights.


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